Energy & Power
Transmission & Distribution
Hydro-Quebec selected to provide 9.45 TWh to Massachusetts utilities
By Anthony Capkun
January 25, 2018 – Hydro-Quebec announced Massachusetts utilities have selected the generator’s proposal to supply 9.45-TWh of hydropower.
“We are pleased and proud to have been selected,” said Eric Martel, Hydro-Quebec’s president and CEO. “This is a major milestone in the energy transition underway in the Northeast—one that confirms the high value of Hydro-Quebec’s clean and reliable energy.”
After a competitive solicitation process, the Northern Pass Transmission project was selected to deliver 100% hydropower by the Massachusetts evaluation team. The next steps involve negotiating long-term contracts and obtaining regulatory approvals to ensure the delivery of this power for 20 years.
Starting in 2020, Quebec hydropower will service about 1 million Massachusetts customers. Hydro-Quebec says a long-term agreement with Massachusetts would be “its most important contract since it began developing its export markets”, representing a “meaningful source of revenue”.
Hydro-Quebec developed this proposal alongside Eversource Energy. The project involves the construction of a 79-km, 1090-MW transmission line that will be extended into the States, connecting the Des Cantons substation in Val-Joli to the Franklin substation in New Hampshire.
Hydro-Quebec will invest over $680 million for the Quebec portion of the transmission project, and expects to start work on the Quebec-New Hampshire interconnection this Fall.